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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, J, 1972 THE LETHMIDOE MEtALD 13 Temple of Meenakshi unforgettable sight Greatest man-made landmark MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTION The Meenakshi Temple is the centre of life in Madurai, and easily the city's main tourist attraction. Hundreds of incarnations of dei- ties from the Hindu pantheon make on unforgettable sight. MADURAI, India Although marriage customs throughout the world vary somewhat, the actual ceremony is usually a time for celebration and revelry. Very few areas, however, can match the 10-day festivities held between April and May each year at Madurai, in the south of India, celebrating the marriage of Lord Siva and the Goddess Meenakshi, believed to have been a Pandyaa princess. The Pandyans were rulers of south India until the middle of the 16th century, making Ma- durai their capital until the 14th century. At the end of April, the wed- ding is re-enacted in the temple of Meenakshi, Madurai's great- est man-made landmark, built in honor of Lord Siva and Meenakshi. After the re-enact- ment, the images of the couple are paraded through the streets the real celebrations get under way, lasting for the next 10 days. The Meenakshi Temple is "the centre cf life in Madurai, and easily the city's main tcurist attraction. Hundreds of incar- nations of deities from the Hin- du pantheon, standing out from one of the nine gopurams, make an unforgettable sight. Legend states the temple was founded by Indra, king of the gods. The story goes that when Indra set foot in the temple, he found a tank filled, by some miracle, with golden lilies. To- day, worshippers bathe in the tank of the Golden Lily.' Again, according to tradition, a Tamil author's work was judged by placing his manuscript on the water. If it sank, the author went back to the drawing board. If it floated, he had a winner on his hands. The highlight of any visit to the temple is the "Hall of a Thousand always open to visitors. The hall was built in 1560 and is a masterpiece of art and structural engineering. The stone pillars depict many facets of human expression, ranging from serious to humor- ous. Outside the hall different kinds of pillars are to be found which play musical notes when struck. Around the temple are a ser- ies of stalls in a permanent bazaar, which sells mainly holy articles or flowers to be offered to the gods. Several festivals are held in and around Meenak- shi, with trumpets, drums and religious chants heard through- out the year. There are other interesting aspects of Madurai as well. Spinning and weaving mills produce some of the country's finest cloth, and the city is a centre of education with two colleges. A number of worthwhile side trips are available from Madu- rai. The sacred island of Rame- swaram, 100 miles south east of Madurai, is a main goal of Hindu pilgrims who pay tribute to Rama, one cf the 10 incar- nations of Vishnu. Rama came to Rameswaram in search of his wife Sita. The Ramanatha- swamy Temple was built on the site where Rama worshipped Siva to do penance for slaying the 10-headed demon king of Lanka. Cape Comorin is about 120 miles from Madurai, and offers an eye-catching combination of sand, rocks and sea at the base of lush green hills. According to another legend, Siva married the goddess Parvati, daughter of King Himalaya. Seven vari- eties of rice were purportedly thrown at the wedding, and were transformed for eternity into the seven colored sands of the Cape red, brown, yellow, silver, orange, dark blue and purple, preserved by the god of the sea, Varuna. Finally, the hill stations of Kodaikanal offer the tourist excellent resort areas. Kodaikanal is a 70-mile drive from Madurai, encompassing a climb of over feet through the Western Ghats, enabling the visitor to view some spec- tacular scenery, including for- ests and coffee plantations. Beginning in mid-April, Ko-1 dai is assured of a temperate j climate and 12 hours of sun- shine every day. Boating on the lake is popular with tour- ists, as are golf and hiking. Kodai has several excellent hotels and clubs catering to the tourist trade. 'Growing' mystery WEST GLACIER, Mont. Showiest of the flowers in cier National Park is bear- grass and it is not a grass and has no connection with bears. Sightseers taking the CCI Auto Tape Tours through the out- standing preserve discover that no one has yet found out wby this flower was so-named. It belongs to the lily family. Czechs give for dollar to Because of the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, Canadians visit- ing Czechoslovakia will find that their money will not stretch quite as far as before. The tourist rate of exchange will continue to be times the official rate (a bonus of 125 per cent over the official but now, instead of receiving 16.08 crowns to the U.S. dollar, visit- ors will receive 14.73 crowns. As before, any amount of for- eign currency can be taken into Czechoslovakia and any un- spent funds may be reconvert- ed into the original currency when leaving the country, ex- cept that at least U.S must 7er crowns visitors be spent by adults and by children between 6 and 16 for each day spent in the country. However, because most Cana- dians spend more than that on hotels and meals alone, these minimums have little meaning for the average tourist. Dollars in the form of cash or travellers cheques can be j cashed at any branch of the j Czechoslovak State Bank, at' various other hanks, at the air- ports in Prague and Bratislava, at border crossing points, at branch offices of the Czecho- slovak travel bureau CEDOK, and at leading hotels in the country. let A.M.A. Worfd Travel look After Ail The Details At No Service Charge To You! We Book Ail Airline Flights In North America and Overseas! STEAMSHIP (Atlantic and Pacific) Tours O Cruises Car Rental European Rail A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL is appointed Agent for all MAJOR AIRLINES and STEAMSHIPS. "For the Best In Travel ALL-WAYS" Call or Visit A.M.A. World Travel Service 903 3rd Ave. S. LETHBRIDGE ALL INQUIRIES WELCOMEI Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Parking at Rear of Building new hotel rooms in London London, England, Is one of the world's most popular tour- ist centres and last year, those who love it found it hard to find room in July and Au- gust. This year there should be no problem, as 21 major new hotels add new rooms most of them in the medium- priced range per person based on double There are two small new de- luxe hotels (more than per person based on a double the Berkeley, 200 rooms, considered Britain's most beau- tiful hotel, and the Curzon, 75 rooms. Also, seven first class hotels per night based on a double But there are ten medium price and two large inexpensive new hotels (the London Park, 375 rooms, south of the Thames and the London Ryan, north of Russell For inexpen- sive, read under a night per person based on a double room. Stagecoach journey to London LONDON A stagecoach is making the 393-mile jour- ney from Edinburgh to Lon- don this summer for what is believed to be the first time for 127 years. It leaves White Horse Close (named after Mary Queen of Scots' white palfrey) in the Scottish capital on June 3, and is due to arrive in the City of Lon- don on June 11. The event which is being staged in aid cf various char- ities, will involve a 150-year old coach the Border Union and a total of 20 horses in relays of four, changing every 12 miles. The route will follow, as closely as possible, the roads taktn by the 19th century coaches, passing through Coldstream, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, York, Stam- ford, Huntingdon and St. Al- bans. June 2 this area will be infested P and O promotions VANCOUVER Donald T. Palmer, Vancouver manager of P and 0 Lines, has been pro- moted to manager for Canada. George M. Turner, president, announced. 0. H. Olsen, formerly Van- couver district sales manager, has been named regional sales manager for Western Canada with offices in Vancouver; and Mark Quayle, formerly Toronto district sales manager, region- al sales manager Eastern Can- ada with offices in Toronto. Blue bugs. Red bugs. Orange bugs. Bugs with sunroof tops. Bugs with convertible tops. 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